Recipe: Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Hello everyone! I’ve been back in rehearsal for the past few weeks, so since I’m not doing as much cooking at home these days, I don’t have as many recipes to share. However, I did just make this one delicious dish yesterday for Karen (she doesn’t cook so while I’m in rehearsal I make her some kind of casserole to feed her for the week. Yeah, we do that.) This is super healthy, easy to pull together for a week night meal and she raved about it. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

*serves 6


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tsp. smoked spanish paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sharp paprika
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 – 14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. shredded low fat mozzarella cheeseDeconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a large casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat half of the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add ground turkey and cook until brown. Break up cooked turkey into small pieces. Remove turkey and reserve in a bowl.
  3. In the same pan add the other half of the oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and paprika and toss to coat, cook about 2 minutes more. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, ground beef and salt and pepper. Let mixture simmer over medium-low heat until warmed through and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. While the meat and tomato mixture simmers, add chopped cabbage to a large pot of boiling water. Cover and boil about 8 minutes until cabbage is wilted and half cooked. Drain cabbage well.
  5. After the meat and tomato mixture has thickened a bit, mix in the cooked brown rice to the mixture and stir well to combine. Remove from heat.
  6. In the casserole dish add half of the cabbage mixture to the bottom of the dish and season with salt and pepper. Top the cabbage with half of the meat and tomato mixture. Add another layer of the rest of the cabbage, season well. Top casserole dish with second half of the meat and tomato mixture. Cover tightly with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese on top. Return dish to oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.


Veggie Burgers

Veggie Burgers

Hello all! Today I’m continuing my contributions to your healthy kitchen by sharing my Veggie Burger recipe. It’s made primarily with chick peas and packs a lot of veggies in each bite so give it a whirl for either your dinner or your little ones!

*makes about 8 large burgers


  • 1 15 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 5 stems flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • vegetable or olive oil
    Veggie Burgers


  1. In a food processor blend the chickpeas, carrot, garlic, onion, parsley and eggs until smooth.
  2. Add chickpea mixture to large bowl and mix with bread crumbs and salt.
    Veggie Burgers
  3. In a large pan over medium heat, heat oil.
  4. Place a 1/4 cup of the mixture in your hands and roll into a ball. Place in pan and flatten slightly with your fingers of the back of a spoon.
    Veggie Burgers
  5. Cook patties for about 5 minutes, then flip, reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove patties from pan and serve.
    Veggie Burgers

These burgers are great served open faced on a whole wheat roll with some shredded lettuce, garlic aioli and mild cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe: Mama’s Maple Mustard Roasted Salmon

There are some things that my mother made as I grew up that I just cannot duplicate. No matter what I do or how hard I try, it just never tastes exactly the same. I think that’s probably a good thing, I’m not sure I’d want my mom’s Roasted Shrimp Pesto Pasta to taste quite as good at my house, it’s environmental. Her pot roast? If we’re not sitting around the table in the dining room on a Sunday it just wouldn’t be the same, even if it was. There is one dish, however, that I think I come pretty close to duplicating (and I say close because since I couldn’t do it exactly I have slightly tweaked her recipe, sorry Mom!) It’s super simple with huge, layered flavors, and best of all it’s nice and healthy. I love making this recipe because it always makes me think about my mom which is even sweeter now that I have a kid-o of my own.

My very patient and non-judgmental wife will tell you that shortly after I found out I was pregnant I went through my recipe box and pulled out the cards to my very favorite recipes, the ones that I think I do really well and make pretty often. The ones that must be absolutely perfect. The ones that no matter where he is or how old, I will always do best in his opinion. The ones that, FAR in the future, when made for him by a girl/boyfriend or wife/husband, he will eat all of, smile sweetly and rave about how delicious it is (because we raised him to be that kind of man) but secretly, in his mind, he’ll be thinking: “No one makes that as well as my mom. I should call her.” Then he will. He will not forget. I have these cards in the very front of my recipe box, ready to be made anytime. Or all the time.

This one is sort of like that for me. It’s pretty close to my mom’s, though not exactly the same. It always makes me think of her, and it always makes me want to call.  Sometimes I do forget though.



  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1/4 onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place salmon, skin side down, in baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Top with onion slices.Maple Mustard Roasted Salmon
  3. In a small bowl mix Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, dry mustard, syrup, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
    Maple Mustard Roasted Salmon
    4.  Spoon maple mustard mixture over the salmon.
    Maple Mustard Roasted Salmon5.  Spoon about 6 to 7 drops of water in the cooking pan around the salmon and cover dish tightly with tin foil. Roast about 10 minutes then remove the tin foil and roast an additional 2 minutes.
    6.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

*Note: Cooking time on salmon should be adjusted based on thickness of your salmon. If you have a thin piece you will want to decrease cooking time. Be careful not to overcook, salmon is finished when easily flaked with a fork.